Playing with Mathematics

Mathematician and YouTuber Katie Steckles takes games and puzzles, and shows us how they fit into our understanding of mathematics — or our lack of it.

Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis

Prof Keith Still provides some background to crowd risks, crowd counting and the “behind the scenes” story of the Trump inauguration crowd size, which gave rise to the phrase “alternative facts”.

The pathway to intended violence for mass shooter Dylann Roof

Following her very popular previous talk, Clare Allely has agreed to come back and tell us more.

Witchcraft and the Law

Far from being a study in insanity, witchcraft laws can tell us about our ancestors’ circumstances and their ways of looking at the world. Find out why we look for witches… and sometimes find them.

Do I actually need to worry about AI?

Is AI our biggest existential threat, or just naysayers drumming up doomsday scenarios? Well, as usual, it’s a little bit more complicated than that.

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

For our “QED Fringe” talk this year, Dr Mike Drayton will ask: is it possible to spot lies?

Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos

Jeff Forshaw, co-author of Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos with Brian Cox, explains the time before the Big Bang, when the universe was compressed into a space smaller than an atom.

Soapbox Special 2017

August’s speaker event is our increasingly annual Soapbox Special.

Heads, shoulders, knees and toes

Every child grows up singing that classic song about the human body. But whilst they might learn all about what the different human bits are, they’re less likely to learn why they are that way.

The Case for Gossip

This talk aims to introduce listeners to psychological research which provides evidence that gossip is a complex communication tool that we may want to keep, and highlight some of the issues encountered when researching such a controversial topic.